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CCI Internship Funding Applications Now Open!

Considering a summer internship? Great news!  The Center for Careers and Internships has funding for unpaid summer internships and applications are open! This year’s grants may be used for remote, hybrid, or in-person internships.

Experiences involving international travel to countries other than a student’s home country are still being evaluated by the College; we expect a decision to be announced by March 15. Students hoping for an international internship not in their home country are urged to consider alternative plans.

Summer Internship Grant Overview:

  • $3000 Summer Funding Grants support expenses related to unpaid summer internships for Sophomore Febs through Senior Febs.
  • $1000 First-Year Explore Grants support expenses related to unpaid summer internships for First-Years (including new Febs) and Sophomore Febs.
  • $3000 Dance Festival Grants support dance students attending dance intensives.
  • Resume approval with a Peer Career Advisor (PCA) is required by April 7 before submitting application.  
  • Meeting with a CCI Advisor to discuss your plans is required for First-Year Explore Grants and strongly encouraged for all other applicants.  
  • Find all details and forms at go/summerfunding, including CCI’s Quick Guide: CCI Summer Funding.
  • Grant application deadline: Wednesday, April 14. Award notifications sent out on May 3. 

Searching for an internship?

CCI is here to help!

  • Drop into Zoom Quick Questions for help with your internship search or to have your resume approved by a Peer Career Advisor (PCA). A CCI-approved resume is a requirement for applying for CCI funding and always strongly encouraged before applying for internships and jobs. 
  • Visit go/Handshake and click on “Career Center” to schedule a Zoom appointment with a Career and Internship Advisor in your area of interest.

Make Summer 2021 a great summer.  We look forward to receiving your application! 


Use your Break to Make Progress on your Internship Search!

For those of you contemplating an internship for this summer, here are some resources and tips to get you started.

Visit CCI’s Find an Internship page for lots of tips on how to find an internship.

On that same page, view two video presentations:

Find and Fund your Summer Internship! presented by Cheryl Whitney Lower, Associate Director for Internships & Early Engagement at CCI and Student Stories from Summer Internships, a facilitated conversation among Summer 2020 Middlebury interns who have lots of advice to offer!

Visit CCI’s Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) to get your resume reviewed before applying for positions and for help on your internship search.
A CCI-approved resume is required if you plan to apply for funding for unpaid summer internships, so see the PCAs now! They are holding drop-in hours during break (Feb. 15-19); no appointment necessary.

CCI Advisors are here to help! Schedule a Zoom appointment via Handshake with the CCI advisor that matches your career interest: Handshake>Career Center>Appointments. (If Health Professions or STEM appointments are not available in Handshake, email Hannah Benz or Mary Lothrop directly to schedule.)

More information coming soon on CCI’s Internship Funding Grants that provide funding for students taking part in unpaid summer internships. Funding applications will open soon and will be due in early April, so get started on that internship search! We’re here to help!

Find and Fund Your Summer Internship!

CCI will offer this Zoom workshop on two dates.

Wednesday, January 20th
10:00-11:00 am EST
OR
Thursday, January 21
4:00-5:00 pm EST

Now is the perfect time to be planning your summer internship! Learn strategies for finding or creating the best internship for you.

At this session, we will:

• Give you examples of past internships Midd students have done.
• Highlight top resources to use in the search process.
• Discuss strategies for creating your own experience.
• Provide an overview of CCI’s GRANT FUNDING available for unpaid summer internships.
• Help you with the process of narrowing down fields in which to pursue your internship.

Students seeking internships for the spring semester may also find it valuable to attend but please note that funding is only available for summer internships. If you can’t attend but want a recording of the workshop, please register for either date; the recording will be sent out the following week. Students may also drop into Quick Questions to see a Peer Career Advisor or make an appointment through Handshake with a CCI advisor for help. We look forward to seeing you and answering all of your questions!

RSVP below:

FIND AND FUND YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP
Jan. 20 at 10 am EST
OR
FIND AND FUND YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP
Jan. 21 at 4 pm EST

Considering a Winter Term Internship for Credit?

Here are the steps to follow if you want to participate in a Winter Term internship AND receive credit for it. (Please note: Sophomores through Super Seniors who have been enrolled for Fall ’20 are eligible to earn Winter Term credit through an internship.)

STEP 1: Have your resume approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA). No appointment necessary. See go/PCAs for days/times. Please note you must visit a PCA before Dec. 2 if your resume has not been previously approved; PCAs will be on break the week of Thanksgiving.

STEP 2: Secure your internship. See go/findinternships for tips or make an appointment with a CCI advisor or visit a PCA for help.

STEP 3: Find a Middlebury faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor. See FAQ at go/WTinternships for more info on academic sponsors. Because we are approaching the Dec. 2 deadline, students should work on this step even before they secure their internship.

STEP 4: Write your personal statement for your application for credit including 3 scholarly sources (see FAQ at go/WTinternships).

STEP 5: Download the Internship Agreement Form, read it, and initial all sections.

STEP 6: Create an Experience in Handshake – this is your application for credit. (Find it at go/Handshake>Career Center>Experiences>Create an Experience.) Select Winter Term Application for Credit/Funding and Winter Term 2021 and answer all questions marked with an asterisk. Immediately after submitting, attach your personal statement, your CCI-approved resume, and a signed Internship Agreement. Several funding grants are available for students on financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis (you will be asked questions about applying for funding as you complete the Funding application).

Internship credit is approved on a rolling basis up until December 2. Apply now!

Information, FAQs, Timeline & Checklist here!

Extensions of a day or two (but not more) may be allowed in rare circumstances out of your control (e.g. waiting for a firm internship offer, waiting for answer from faculty academic sponsor) only for students who contact Cheryl Whitney Lower or another CCI advisor before the December 2 deadline. Plan ahead!

Find and Fund Your Summer Internship!

Thursday, November 5, 4:00-5:00 pm.

We know some of you are starting to plan for summer (or spring) internships, so we are offering this session just for you! Learn strategies for finding or creating the best internship for you.

At this session, we will:

• Give you examples of past internships Midd students have done.
• Highlight top resources to use in the search process.
• Discuss strategies for creating your own experience.
• Provide an overview of CCI’s GRANT FUNDING available for unpaid summer internships.
• Help you with the process of narrowing down fields in which to pursue your internship.

Students seeking internships for the Spring semester or the long Winter break may also find it valuable to attend but please note that funding is only available for summer internships. This webinar will be recorded and sent to anyone who registers for the workshop (another session will be offered in January). Students may also drop into Quick Questions to see a Peer Career Advisor or make an appointment with a CCI advisor for help. We look forward to seeing you and answering all of your questions!

Sign up for FIND AND FUND YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP here!

Winter Term Internship Application for Credit Now Open!

Do you have a Winter Term internship lined up or want to consider doing a J-term internship? Here’ s the information you’ll need if you want to take part in an internship AND earn credit for the internship.

STEP 1: Have your resume approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA). No appointment necessary. See go/PCAs for days/times.

STEP 2: Secure your internship. See go/findinternships for tips or make an appointment with a CCI advisor or visit a PCA for help.

STEP 3: Find a Middlebury faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor. See FAQ at go/WTinternships for more info on academic sponsors.

STEP 4: Write your personal statement for your application for credit including 3 scholarly sources (see FAQ at go/WTinternships).

STEP 5: Download the Internship Agreement Form, read it, and initial all sections.

STEP 6: Create an Experience in Handshake – this is your application for credit. (Find it at go/Handshake>Career Center>Experiences>Create an Experience.) Select Winter Term Application for Credit/Funding and Winter Term 2021 and answer all questions marked with an asterisk. Immediately after submitting, attach your personal statement, your CCI-approved resume, and a signed Internship Agreement. Several funding grants are available for students on financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis.

Internship credit is approved on a rolling basis up until Dec. 2. Apply now! Apply early!

Information, FAQs, Timeline & Checklist and other forms here!

Upcoming Internship Events!

If you are contemplating an internship this year, here are two opportunities to learn about how to find and fund an internship that fits your interests and how to earn credit for Winter Term internships.


Winter Term Internship Information Session
Wednesday, October 7, 4:00-5:00 pm
This live Webinar will address how to find a Winter Term internship and the timeline and action steps needed to earn internship credit. Current College policy on Winter Term 2021 internships will be covered (remote vs. in-person internships, travel, etc), as well as opportunities for funding. This information session will be recorded for those not able to attend.
Register in Handshake to access the Zoom link.

Student Stories from Summer Internships: A Center for Careers and Internships Panel Discussion
Friday, October 9, 2:00-3:00 pm
At Middlebury, students don’t just learn how to engage the world—they go out and do it. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our resilient and innovative students participated in meaningful internships (many of them remote) this summer.  They gained valuable experience, contributed to research on Covid-19, cancer and climate change, taught children, brought the arts online, and used language, writing, research, and analytical skills acquired at Middlebury to benefit major NGOs, corporations, non-profits, and campaigns.

Join a live Zoom panel discussion hosted by the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) to hear directly from Middlebury students about how transformative internship experiences can be and what advice they offer to help students find and secure the right internship for their interests.  CCI staff will briefly describe our internship programs and be available to answer your questions. 
Register in Handshake to access the Zoom link.